Early Infant Oral Care in Statesville NC 28677

One of your child’s biggest milestones is getting their first teeth, but this can also be a difficult time for you and them. Teething can be a painful experience for your baby. Typically, they are fussy, show a tendency for chewing on anything and everything, and may also have a runny nose.

Caring for your child during this time requires a few simple techniques in addition to your love and patience. You can often find specialized chewing rings for your child in the infant’s section of most stores as well as a topical ointment that can be used to minimize pain and discomfort.

The front incisors cause the most discomfort and are the first teeth to develop. Most children do not experience the same level of discomfort when their molars come in. Use our handy chart as a reference so you can know what to expect.

  • Central incisors: 6–12 months
  • Lateral incisors: 9–16 months
  • First molars: 13–19 months
  • Canine teeth: 16–23 months
  • Second molars: 22–33 months

If your child is in constant pain, call Iredell Pediatric Dentistry immediately! There might be more going on than just a new tooth. Our friendly and helpful Dentist in Statesville NC are here for you.

Preparing for your child’s first appointment

Another important first is your child’s first dental appointment. It is recommended that you make this appointment between the ages of three and four. By that time, they will have developed all of their primary teeth.

We’ll check the development of their teeth and teach them the latest brushing and flossing techniques. Our goal is to get them excited about brushing so they can develop the foundation for healthy dental care that they will use for years to come.

Your child’s primary teeth are more susceptible to cavities because of their small size and temporary nature. Preventing cavities and crowns means limiting the sugar intake to preserve their teeth as much as possible until their adult teeth can take their place.

You can stop thumb sucking

One challenge toddlers and young children face is prolonged use of thumb sucking and binkie use. While this behavior is harmless in the first few months of life, it can lead to complications when the primary teeth develop. Thumb-sucking has been linked to an increased risk of cavities. If your child is refusing to stop using their binkie or sucking on their thumb, we provide specialized mouth guards that will stop that habit fast.

Your first choice for pediatric dentistry

We aim to be your first choice for pediatric dental care. Check out our diverse selection of services:

  • Minor dental trauma
  • Composite fillings
  • Crowns
  • Habit (thumb sucking) appliances
  • Nitrous oxide administration
  • Oral sedation
  • Baby root canals
  • Extractions

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